Bipolar Disorder Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Silvia MacAllister Voermanek
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PCC, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94114
I'm here to support your personal growth journey. With nearly 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and life & executive coach, my approach empowers you to conquer mental health challenges and find your purpose. Whether you're facing anxiety, depression, addiction, anger, self-doubt, or life's challenges, I'm here to help you embrace change. Get ready to embark on this transformative journey, and together, we'll unlock your full potential!
I'm here to support your personal growth journey. With nearly 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and life & executive coach, my approach empowers you to conquer mental health challenges and find your purpose. Whether you're facing anxiety, depression, addiction, anger, self-doubt, or life's challenges, I'm here to help you embrace change. Get ready to embark on this transformative journey, and together, we'll unlock your full potential!
(415) 965-2414 View (415) 965-2414
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David A Donovan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94116  (Online Only)
My primary clinical specialties are Bipolar Disorder & Substance Abuse, and associated problems e.
Are you a man with problems at work, or your relationships? Do you want things to be different? Then you must do things differently. Usually we solve problems by our efforts, or with the support of friends and family. That is often best. Other times, professional guidance is required. If you want an experienced psychologist who is well informed, practical, compassionate, and collaborative, consider working with me. I am ready to help you help yourself. Just email to arrange a phone consultation without cost or obligation. Please note: I provide online therapy to California men only.
My primary clinical specialties are Bipolar Disorder & Substance Abuse, and associated problems e.
Are you a man with problems at work, or your relationships? Do you want things to be different? Then you must do things differently. Usually we solve problems by our efforts, or with the support of friends and family. That is often best. Other times, professional guidance is required. If you want an experienced psychologist who is well informed, practical, compassionate, and collaborative, consider working with me. I am ready to help you help yourself. Just email to arrange a phone consultation without cost or obligation. Please note: I provide online therapy to California men only.
(415) 802-0119 View (415) 802-0119
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Jennifer Y Nam
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
I am a Stanford University-trained clinical psychologist with specialties in the treatment of mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorders), emotion dysregulation issues, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, grief, and in working with individuals struggling with trauma-related issues.
Therapy helps to improve lives in a meaningful way (have better relationships with friends, family members and partners, improve our self-esteem). I work to help you identify issues, problems and patterns, but also implement skills and tools make changes to these patterns. Most importantly, I offer a warm, compassionate, and collaborative environment, and I will work with you to tailor clinical interventions to fit your needs and goals.
I am a Stanford University-trained clinical psychologist with specialties in the treatment of mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorders), emotion dysregulation issues, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, grief, and in working with individuals struggling with trauma-related issues.
Therapy helps to improve lives in a meaningful way (have better relationships with friends, family members and partners, improve our self-esteem). I work to help you identify issues, problems and patterns, but also implement skills and tools make changes to these patterns. Most importantly, I offer a warm, compassionate, and collaborative environment, and I will work with you to tailor clinical interventions to fit your needs and goals.
(650) 300-4955 View (650) 300-4955
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Sara Vicendese & Associates
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94123
At UCLA, I was trained in the clinical assessment of mood disorders (specializing in bipolar disorder) and Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) for severe anxiety disorders.
Are you experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression? Is your mood affecting your relationships or career? Sometimes life's challenges become difficult to overcome alone. I offer free phone consultations to see if my practice might be the right fit for your needs. I have diverse training and experience working with adults, adolescents, couples and families. While there are no guarantees of what you will experience, therapy has shown significant benefits for most people who go through it. And being here, on this site, is an important first step.
At UCLA, I was trained in the clinical assessment of mood disorders (specializing in bipolar disorder) and Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) for severe anxiety disorders.
Are you experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression? Is your mood affecting your relationships or career? Sometimes life's challenges become difficult to overcome alone. I offer free phone consultations to see if my practice might be the right fit for your needs. I have diverse training and experience working with adults, adolescents, couples and families. While there are no guarantees of what you will experience, therapy has shown significant benefits for most people who go through it. And being here, on this site, is an important first step.
(310) 504-1898 View (310) 504-1898
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Heather Gramme
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94117
Conditions that I have a lot of experience working with are: depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, grief, suicidal ideation, anger management, and dual diagnosis.
Hello. My name is Heather Gramme. It is nice to meet you. I have been working as a licensed clinical social worker since 2014. My license number in CA is, LCSW86925. I also hold LCSW licensure in Florida and Idaho. I use a very eclectic approach as my therapeutic style to meet the very unique needs of each individual client that I have the privilege of working with. I have many years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I have worked with children as young as 8, and clients in their 80's.
Conditions that I have a lot of experience working with are: depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, grief, suicidal ideation, anger management, and dual diagnosis.
Hello. My name is Heather Gramme. It is nice to meet you. I have been working as a licensed clinical social worker since 2014. My license number in CA is, LCSW86925. I also hold LCSW licensure in Florida and Idaho. I use a very eclectic approach as my therapeutic style to meet the very unique needs of each individual client that I have the privilege of working with. I have many years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I have worked with children as young as 8, and clients in their 80's.
(562) 573-9174 View (562) 573-9174
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Lisa R Rix
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94106
My specialty is childhood trauma, those with anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.
I (she/her/hers) work with transition aged youth (14-24), adults and seniors in my telehealth practice online. I want to see people who need help with making decisions, dealing with the past, and accepting self care into their own lives.
My specialty is childhood trauma, those with anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.
I (she/her/hers) work with transition aged youth (14-24), adults and seniors in my telehealth practice online. I want to see people who need help with making decisions, dealing with the past, and accepting self care into their own lives.
(707) 683-7244 View (707) 683-7244
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Lesa M Pascali
Marriage & Family Therapist, Lesa Pascali, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
My work can include Conservatorship, case management & working with families with problems with neurological imbalances & diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disease & other issues.
Welcome! I’m Lesa Pascali and I am committed to connecting with individuals, couples and families through individualized therapy and to helping them to discover/rediscover the harmony, meaning and wellness within their lives. After 23 years in law enforcement and 18 years doing therapy, I have dealt with a variety of situations. I’ve worked with individuals, couples and families, veterans, ex-offenders, children, teens and neurologically imbalanced individuals. I use a variety of therapies including RLT therapy, CBT & Solution Focused therapy and am a Certified Relational Life couples therapist.
My work can include Conservatorship, case management & working with families with problems with neurological imbalances & diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disease & other issues.
Welcome! I’m Lesa Pascali and I am committed to connecting with individuals, couples and families through individualized therapy and to helping them to discover/rediscover the harmony, meaning and wellness within their lives. After 23 years in law enforcement and 18 years doing therapy, I have dealt with a variety of situations. I’ve worked with individuals, couples and families, veterans, ex-offenders, children, teens and neurologically imbalanced individuals. I use a variety of therapies including RLT therapy, CBT & Solution Focused therapy and am a Certified Relational Life couples therapist.
(408) 715-3046 View (408) 715-3046
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Dr. Olga Rogachevsky
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94101  (Online Only)
Dr. Rogachevsky specializes in working with individuals with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, couples therapy, insomnia, bipolar disorder, relationship concerns, OCD, adjustment disorder, schizophrenia, psychosis and personality disorders.
Dr. Rogachevsky specializes in working with individuals with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, couples therapy, insomnia, bipolar disorder, relationship concerns, OCD, adjustment disorder, schizophrenia, psychosis and personality disorders.
(562) 837-2617 View (562) 837-2617
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Destiny Rattanapichetkul
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and bipolar disorders.
I am not the “smile and nod” type of therapist and you will not be the only one talking in our sessions. I will work with you to develop concrete skills to get you back on track in the shortest amount of time possible. Your struggle is real and I want to help. Contact me today for a free 15 minute consultation over the phone and find out if I’m the right fit for you.
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and bipolar disorders.
I am not the “smile and nod” type of therapist and you will not be the only one talking in our sessions. I will work with you to develop concrete skills to get you back on track in the shortest amount of time possible. Your struggle is real and I want to help. Contact me today for a free 15 minute consultation over the phone and find out if I’m the right fit for you.
(626) 415-0319 View (626) 415-0319
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Mary Rutledge Faucette
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94108
Welcome! I look forward to speaking with you about my practice and the services that I offer. I provide warm and supportive therapy in which the individuals I work with feel cared for and understood. I work collaboratively with you to reach your treatment goals, I specialize in Addiction, Dual Diagnosis(Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders), Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Domestic Violence. I provide 24/7 availability for current clients who are in crisis.
Welcome! I look forward to speaking with you about my practice and the services that I offer. I provide warm and supportive therapy in which the individuals I work with feel cared for and understood. I work collaboratively with you to reach your treatment goals, I specialize in Addiction, Dual Diagnosis(Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders), Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Domestic Violence. I provide 24/7 availability for current clients who are in crisis.
(415) 562-0272 View (415) 562-0272
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Becky Grenfell
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
As a clinician, my objective is to collaboratively tailor a plan that will aid you in achieving your goals. Often individuals seek assistance for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, family conflict, relationship difficulties, alcohol and substance use, ADHD, and life stressors. We can work on these together. Along with taking a strengths-based approach, I use a variety of evidence-based and creative techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, behavior modification, mindfulness, relaxation, art and play therapy, development of coping skills, family systems, and more.
As a clinician, my objective is to collaboratively tailor a plan that will aid you in achieving your goals. Often individuals seek assistance for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, family conflict, relationship difficulties, alcohol and substance use, ADHD, and life stressors. We can work on these together. Along with taking a strengths-based approach, I use a variety of evidence-based and creative techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, behavior modification, mindfulness, relaxation, art and play therapy, development of coping skills, family systems, and more.
(628) 666-6251 View (628) 666-6251
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Jeannine McAdams
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
Dr. Jeannine McAdams is a Psychologist in California who has been practicing since 2024. Dr. McAdams supports client to become more selfaware, manage and move through distressing symptoms and mood states, set and reach goals, heal and manage depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, and other mental health issues. Dr. McAdams offers nonjudgmental, heart centered assessment and psychotherapy. Adults, adolescents, couples, families, neurodivergent and LQBTQ+ welcome. In her free time, Dr. McAdams loves to be outdoors, snowboard and surf, garden, and hike. She loves dogs and camping under the stars.
Dr. Jeannine McAdams is a Psychologist in California who has been practicing since 2024. Dr. McAdams supports client to become more selfaware, manage and move through distressing symptoms and mood states, set and reach goals, heal and manage depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, and other mental health issues. Dr. McAdams offers nonjudgmental, heart centered assessment and psychotherapy. Adults, adolescents, couples, families, neurodivergent and LQBTQ+ welcome. In her free time, Dr. McAdams loves to be outdoors, snowboard and surf, garden, and hike. She loves dogs and camping under the stars.
(628) 244-8227 View (628) 244-8227
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Bay Area Center for Mood Disorders
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
I am a Stanford University-trained clinical psychologist with specialties in the treatment of mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorders), emotion dysregulation issues, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, grief, and in working with individuals struggling with trauma-related issues.
Therapy helps to improve lives in a meaningful way (have better relationships with friends, family members and partners, improve our self-esteem). I work to help you identify issues, problems and patterns, but also to implement skills and tools make changes to these patterns. I offer a warm, compassionate, and collaborative environment, and I will work with you to tailor clinical interventions to fit your needs and goals.
I am a Stanford University-trained clinical psychologist with specialties in the treatment of mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorders), emotion dysregulation issues, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, grief, and in working with individuals struggling with trauma-related issues.
Therapy helps to improve lives in a meaningful way (have better relationships with friends, family members and partners, improve our self-esteem). I work to help you identify issues, problems and patterns, but also to implement skills and tools make changes to these patterns. I offer a warm, compassionate, and collaborative environment, and I will work with you to tailor clinical interventions to fit your needs and goals.
(415) 697-3964 View (415) 697-3964
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Joe Lawwill
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MBA
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94117
I work with clients to treat anxiety disorders, depression, and bipolar disorders, as well as increase their ability to regulate emotions and replace impulsive behaviors with effective ones. I also help clients to identify their own intrinsic strengths and values. The effect is an ongoing flow of positive experiences, which help to build confidence, boost self-respect, and improve interpersonal relationships. I offer clients positive regard, non-judgmental stance, and a compassionate environment, where they can feel safe expressing their experiences, thoughts and feelings.
I work with clients to treat anxiety disorders, depression, and bipolar disorders, as well as increase their ability to regulate emotions and replace impulsive behaviors with effective ones. I also help clients to identify their own intrinsic strengths and values. The effect is an ongoing flow of positive experiences, which help to build confidence, boost self-respect, and improve interpersonal relationships. I offer clients positive regard, non-judgmental stance, and a compassionate environment, where they can feel safe expressing their experiences, thoughts and feelings.
(415) 779-4505 View (415) 779-4505
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Heather Wassarman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
I specialize in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure/Response Prevention (ERP) for adults with OCD and anxiety disorders (such as generalized anxiety, panic, and phobias). I'm also experienced in working with depression, bipolar, bulimia and binge eating, and other disorders. In addition, I have an interest in health psychology and enjoy working with people on issues like weight management, smoking cessation, and coping with medical problems.
I specialize in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure/Response Prevention (ERP) for adults with OCD and anxiety disorders (such as generalized anxiety, panic, and phobias). I'm also experienced in working with depression, bipolar, bulimia and binge eating, and other disorders. In addition, I have an interest in health psychology and enjoy working with people on issues like weight management, smoking cessation, and coping with medical problems.
(415) 399-0255 View (415) 399-0255
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Leslie Yan Meier
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
I specialize in three areas: substance abuse/addictions treatment, including both harm reduction and abstinence-focused treatments; mood disorders treatment, with an emphasis on bipolar disorder; and evidence based therapies, including CBT, DBT, CPT, and ACT for a variety of issues, including mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, and relationship issues.
My approach to psychotherapy is a collaborative and flexible partnership with each client. I believe that trust, respect, non-judgment, genuineness, and compassion form the foundation of a therapeutic relationship. Through the process of psychotherapy, I endeavor to help clients gain insight and perspective into their relationships and behaviors with the intention of achieving positive change. We will work in tandem to identify treatment goals and expectations at the outset of treatment, and will ensure that the focus of therapy is on the most salient issues.
I specialize in three areas: substance abuse/addictions treatment, including both harm reduction and abstinence-focused treatments; mood disorders treatment, with an emphasis on bipolar disorder; and evidence based therapies, including CBT, DBT, CPT, and ACT for a variety of issues, including mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, and relationship issues.
My approach to psychotherapy is a collaborative and flexible partnership with each client. I believe that trust, respect, non-judgment, genuineness, and compassion form the foundation of a therapeutic relationship. Through the process of psychotherapy, I endeavor to help clients gain insight and perspective into their relationships and behaviors with the intention of achieving positive change. We will work in tandem to identify treatment goals and expectations at the outset of treatment, and will ensure that the focus of therapy is on the most salient issues.
(415) 226-4996 View (415) 226-4996
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Robynne Herron
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115
I have experience working with clients experiencing mental illness such as: depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, co-occurring disorders, substance use, Schizophrenia, BiPolar disorder, and ADHD.
Hello, I am Robynne (Robin üòâ) Herron. I am a Licensed Profession Clinical Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My approach is relaxed with a gratuitous use of humor. I favor existential and client-centered approaches. Typically, I work with clients that are focused on figuring out how to feel better; however, I have worked with many clients that weren't sure what feeling better would look like or that were stuck thinking it couldn't get better at all.
I have experience working with clients experiencing mental illness such as: depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, co-occurring disorders, substance use, Schizophrenia, BiPolar disorder, and ADHD.
Hello, I am Robynne (Robin üòâ) Herron. I am a Licensed Profession Clinical Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My approach is relaxed with a gratuitous use of humor. I favor existential and client-centered approaches. Typically, I work with clients that are focused on figuring out how to feel better; however, I have worked with many clients that weren't sure what feeling better would look like or that were stuck thinking it couldn't get better at all.
(415) 340-7922 View (415) 340-7922
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Brightside Health
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94131  (Online Only)
We specialize in depression, anxiety, and a wide range of related conditions including: bipolar disorder, panic disorder and attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), postpartum depression, social anxiety, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), insomnia, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and more.
Brightside Health is an online mental health service delivering life-changing care for anxiety and depression from the comfort of home, with appointments available in as little as 24 hours. We provide personalized, data-driven psychiatry, evidence-based therapy, and continuous support from expert providers to help our members feel better and stay that way. At Brightside, we track your progress at every step so you and your provider can make informed decisions and adjust your care until it’s right for you.
We specialize in depression, anxiety, and a wide range of related conditions including: bipolar disorder, panic disorder and attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), postpartum depression, social anxiety, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), insomnia, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and more.
Brightside Health is an online mental health service delivering life-changing care for anxiety and depression from the comfort of home, with appointments available in as little as 24 hours. We provide personalized, data-driven psychiatry, evidence-based therapy, and continuous support from expert providers to help our members feel better and stay that way. At Brightside, we track your progress at every step so you and your provider can make informed decisions and adjust your care until it’s right for you.
(415) 940-7386 View (415) 940-7386
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Evan Wassarman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
I work with adults to address issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, relational difficulties, career and life transitions, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use, and personal growth.
There is no one reason to enter therapy that is more meaningful or valid than any other. In my approach, all of your experiences matter and there are no wrong answers. I view each person as unique and multi-dimensional–not just a diagnosis or a set of symptoms. You and I will discuss and think together about your past, present, and future to gain a deeper understanding of how you experience the world. Through this process we can uncover thoughts and feelings you may not have realized you had, and help you to gain a new understanding of yourself and your relationships that improves your quality of life and sense of peace of mind.
I work with adults to address issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, relational difficulties, career and life transitions, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use, and personal growth.
There is no one reason to enter therapy that is more meaningful or valid than any other. In my approach, all of your experiences matter and there are no wrong answers. I view each person as unique and multi-dimensional–not just a diagnosis or a set of symptoms. You and I will discuss and think together about your past, present, and future to gain a deeper understanding of how you experience the world. Through this process we can uncover thoughts and feelings you may not have realized you had, and help you to gain a new understanding of yourself and your relationships that improves your quality of life and sense of peace of mind.
(415) 997-0929 View (415) 997-0929
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Bridges To Mental Wellness. Lic. In Ca. and Ga.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, EdD, LPCC/, MFT, MS
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94112
I have treated people with ADHD, bipolar, personality, depression, and anxiety disorders.
Karimah AdisaThomas is a highly skilled and dedicated mental health professional with a wealth of experience in helping clients of all ages and backgrounds manage the challenges of life. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, she is well-versed in a variety of evidence-based practices, including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness. She is particularly skilled in working with clients dealing with crisis and trauma, anxiety, coping skills, depression, emotional disturbance, life coaching, stress, and personality disorders. As a clinician, she begins by listening to her client's stories while providing a safe and supportive space.
I have treated people with ADHD, bipolar, personality, depression, and anxiety disorders.
Karimah AdisaThomas is a highly skilled and dedicated mental health professional with a wealth of experience in helping clients of all ages and backgrounds manage the challenges of life. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, she is well-versed in a variety of evidence-based practices, including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness. She is particularly skilled in working with clients dealing with crisis and trauma, anxiety, coping skills, depression, emotional disturbance, life coaching, stress, and personality disorders. As a clinician, she begins by listening to her client's stories while providing a safe and supportive space.
(628) 209-5370 View (628) 209-5370

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Bipolar Disorder Therapists

What is the most successful approach to treating bipolar disorder?

Living with bipolar disorder can be challenging, and a number of therapies have been found effective in providing support to patients as they gain the skills to understand and manage the disorder. Family-focused therapy is often helpful for children and teens (the majority of cases develop before age 19); it aims to minimize mood cycling by improving family communication and reducing conflict. It also helps young people navigate the developmental challenges the disorder can create. Cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT) and variants such as Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)help patients manage the thoughts and feelings that influence bipolar mood swings as well as develop specific behavioral strategies to counteract them.

What happens in therapy for bipolar disorder?

Because the patterns of mood switching and its triggers differ for each person and can change over time, mood tracking or monitoring becomes a basic way patients learn about the nature of their condition. One of the most common features of therapy is finding a workable method of mood monitoring, in which patients track their daily activities and rate their moods, then use the findings to adjust routines accordingly. Patients learn ways of handling the many stresses that arise in life so that they do not trigger mood swings.

What kinds of problems does therapy help with?

Like many other mental health disorders, BPD is heavily influenced by stress; therapy provides skills for coping with stressors of all kinds. Therapy is extremely important for helping individuals identify the situations that may trigger mood switching, so that mood swings can be prevented. Therapy may especially target recognition of the early stages of mood change so that they can be managed. In addition, therapy helps patients deal with the significant amount of turbulence the disorder can create in relationships and in work life.

What is the goal of therapy for bipolar disorder?

Therapy helps patients set up their lives to maintain stability so that their mood isn’t constantly threatened by daily events. Perhaps the first task of therapy is to educate people about the nature of the disorder. At the same time, a primary goal of therapy is to enhance adherence to drug treatment. Extended periods of mood stability can prompt patients to discontinue medication, triggering relapse, while the early phases of manic episodes can feel so energizing that patients stop medication, ushering in full-blown mania and the altered self-perception that can lead to destructive behaviors. Another major goal of therapy is to understand one’s mood patterns so as to minimize both the frequency and intensity of mood cycling.